Ex-Boyfriend Sentenced to 45 Years in Murder of University of Florida Student

A University of Florida student’s ex-boyfriend has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder for her death, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Antonio Devon Dreyton, 26, is heading to prison after committing a heinous crime that included burning UF student Saleha Huuda’s body after killing her. Dreyton was initially indicted on a first-degree murder charge, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Assistant State Attorney Sean Brewer told The Sun Dreyton killed Huuda by asphyxiation. Brewer reportedly is not sure of the motive for the crime, but said Dreyton was possibly jealous because Huuda had a new boyfriend.

Dreyton and Huuda had a history of domestic violence. In June 2010, Drayton was charged with battery, burglary and larceny after he allegedly choked Huuda inside her apartment, according to The Sun. The charges were later dropped after Huuda refused to testify against him.

Huuda, a senior majoring in family youth and community sciences, was very active on University of Florida campus. The Ghana native was a member of the university’s club cheerleading team and Urban Essence, a female dance team.

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